'Dumb And Dumber' Bank Robber Photos Show The Money
FBI, Police Release Photos Taken After Vail Robbery
1:06 AM, Oct 21, 2005
Federal prosecutors released photos Friday of two men identified as the "Dumb and Dumber" bank robbers mugging for the camera while holding stacks of bills. Anthony Prince, 20, and Luke Carroll, 19, were sentenced to prison last month after pleading guilty to robbing a bank in Vail. The men, both residents of Australia who were working at a Vail ski shop, were dubbed "Dumb and Dumber" by the Australian media because of a string of clues they left behind that led to their capture the next day. U.S. attorney's spokesman Jeff Dorschner said the photos were released in response to requests from Australian media. The FBI and Vail police held a news conference to discuss the case Tuesday and release the photos. The March robbery of WestStar Bank netted $129,500, prosecutors said. In the photos, the man identified by prosecutors as Prince grins into the camera with $20 bills fanned out in each hand. The man identified as Carroll has his lips pursed while one hand clutches a plastic-wrapped stack of bills and the other holds more, spread out in a fan. Prince was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison and Carroll to five years -- a longer term because authorities said he pushed a bank teller to the ground. They were also ordered to pay a combined $21,657 in restitution, the amount still missing, prosecutors said. Witnesses said the masked robbers had distinct accents and wore badges similar to ones issued by Prince and Carroll's employer. Ski resort employees told police that Carroll and Prince used their ski passes to board a chairlift near the bank within minutes of the robbery.A Vail police officer also recognized pellet gun shown in bank surveillance photos as resembling the same one the two had when they were arrested earlier in a vandalism incident. Investigators then distributed flyers with Carroll and Prince's photos from the previous arrest. An officer at the Denver airport arrested them the next after recognizing them from the wanted flyer and their distinctive accents. Authorities said they had tried to buy one-way tickets to Mexico. Investigators said they found thousands of dollars in an airport trash can, on Carroll's and in a yard near the bank. The men told police they didn't realize they'd get so much money from the robbery and had to dump stacks of lower denomination bills in order to carry the stacks of larger bills.